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December 13, 2012

What Would Grok Do?

By Mark Sisson
127 Comments

I have to admit I’m still caught up in the excitement of last week’s launch of the new Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings cookbook. (Favorites yet, anyone?) But wouldn’t you know – there’s more in the hopper. In a few short weeks I’ll be releasing The Primal Connection, the long planned sequel to The Primal Blueprint. As friends and colleagues within the ancestral movement have so generously described, The Primal Connection offers the first really new dimension in the paleo/Primal space in years. Is there any better way to start the new year – not to mention the fact that we all survived the Mayan apocalypse? In all seriousness, I’ve been pumped about this launch for months now. Like The Primal Blueprint, The Primal Connection is both a culmination and expansion of principles I’ve first introduced here on MDA. Inherent to The Primal Connection is the concept that we can use the model of our ancestors to create not just a healthier existence but also a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Simply put, there’s harmony and homeostasis to be found in congruence with our Primal roots – including those that go well beyond diet and exercise. Examining the conditions under which we evolved can shed light on why we think the way we do, why we’re satisfied (or unsatisfied) by certain living conditions, and how our modern lifestyles so often miss the boat and leave us psychologically stranded. I’ll call it the Grok principle, which begets the somewhat tongue-in-cheek but remarkably serviceable mantra – ”What Would Grok Do?”

I mean, of course, no offense to those who embrace the original religious connotation of the popular query. For better or worse, the question has gone the way of cultural meme, and it was time our Primal icon got in on the self-development action. In essence, when we live with full consciousness of fundamental truths about these human forms of ours, we’re more in control of ourselves and of our chance at health and happiness in this lifetime. Do our evolutionary patterns dictate our each and every thought, action, and reaction? (a.k.a. Hominids will be hominids.) Of course not. Make no mistake, however: they’re in on the conscious and unconscious deliberations for all of the above.

Some would argue we were little more than desperate, grunting savages before the Neolithic Revolution some 10,000 years ago (never mind that hunting and gathering continued in most parts of the world for thousands of years past the Neolithic beginnings – and still continues today). Many believe we didn’t truly become cognitively and culturally “human” until we settled down on farms. The truth is, we made our critical cognitive leaps and developed anatomically modern brains tens of thousands of years before we were plowing fields. We developed expanded social constructs, explored artistic methods, and invented cultural rituals while we were still foraging. The result: these conditions under which our modern human brains evolved continue to influence our innate expectations today.

When we look at the rising rates of stress, anxiety, and burnout, what do you think our evolutionary blueprints have to teach us about recovering a sense of emotional balance? The answer is much more than you might think. Living in congruence with basic patterns of our past doesn’t explain or remedy every problem we’ll face. We’re designed, after all, to live a full spectrum of emotional experience and witness life (and death) in raw, unfiltered form. The Grok principle, however, helps us examine our lives against the basic parameters of evolutionary conditions. It gives us perspective on what we think is big but is not, what we think is crucial but is not, what we imagine to be optional but is not. Asking ourselves what Grok would do opens our field of vision beyond the priorities of modern society and helps us hone in on the the original significance of certain emotions, on the original impetus for certain instincts or motivations, on the original social and environmental frameworks for relationships and self development.

When we acknowledge the legitimacy and limitations of these primal influences, we’re better equipped to understand our fundamental needs as well as more empowered to make fully conscious choices that fuel our personal wellbeing. The evolutionary lens can shed a revealing light on the widely diverse and confounding dimensions of this humanity of ours: what we need versus what our culture tells us we should want, what experiences are essential to actualizing our core primal potential, what lifestyle conditions tend to facilitate overall wellbeing. Why don’t 500 Facebook friends make us happy? What does city living do to us over time? Why do we feel inexplicably restless when life gets secure and predictable? It’s not just reflected in anthropological patterns. The results show in modern day studies of everything from hormonal profiles to health outcomes. In short, the Grok model offers a touchstone for daily living.

Back to the question of the day. Checking in with a “What would Grok do?” mindset can remind us of the power behind our default settings – both the vital needs and the untapped potential we often overlook in the bustle and confusion of modern living. The question can, in the thick of life, help us fully embrace or return to what really matters. It can encourage us to scrutinize our concept of thriving. It can remind us that the path to emotional as well as physical vitality is simpler and more achievable than we often think it is.

Now let me turn things over to you. In your estimation, what does it mean to play the “What Would Grok Do” game? How do you find yourself applying it in your own life? How has the general principle, if not the specific question itself, changed your life? Thanks for reading today, everyone. I’ll look forward to reading your revelations and experiences.

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Wayne Atwell
3 years 9 months ago
I agree with you, I think that having balance in our lives is really important for our happiness as well as our health. I had been planning on going into investment banking after I get an MBA and working 80+ hour weeks. I am rethinking that because I know I would be less healthy and miserable. Right now I work around 45 hours a week and I have plenty of time to work out, socialize, grocery shop, cook healthy meals and work on my website. If I worked twice as many hours that would be impossible. All I would have… Read more »
Dustin
Dustin
3 years 9 months ago

Do you have to always plug your copycat website? Or leave a comment? If your trying create your own primal following try offering something new or relevant or put different spin on it, instead always being so acquiescent.

BonzoGal
BonzoGal
3 years 9 months ago

Wayne’s site is a personal blog about his journey with the Paleo lifestyle, and adds good insight to the conversation here. Why do you get to judge who does and doesn’t belong here? If Mark has no problem with it, then it’s fine.

Terez
Terez
3 years 9 months ago

Hey, I like Wayne’s comments! Keep ’em coming, Wayne!

Brooke
Brooke
3 years 9 months ago

+1

Wayne Atwell
3 years 9 months ago
I created my website because I am passionate about paleo/primal living and I am trying to make a difference and help people get healthy and lose fat. I enjoy commenting here because I love Mark’s articles and only one person in my real life actually follows paleo so I don’t have many people to have in depth discussion with about primal. As for being a copycat, I started my site a month before I even discovered MDA so I certainly wasn’t trying to copy Mark. I’ll admit I did get the idea for weekend links from MDA. Every topic has… Read more »
Lars T.
3 years 9 months ago

Keep doing your thing Wayne!

DuncaN
DuncaN
3 years 9 months ago

I also don’t have a problem with Wayne’s posts. There was one that injected a little political tribal thing one time, and I didn’t think was the kind of thing that MDA is for, and I said so, but he is obviously very passionate about the primal/paleo lifestyle, his posts are supportive of others. He does seem to like to post first, but at least he doesn’t do that lame “FIRST!” thing.

I appreciate your contributions, Wayne.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

All great ideas are copied. Copying is one way great ideas translate to great actions, or turn into great products that reach the masses. Sisson and many groks and grokettes should be emulated. Keep trucking Wayne.

Jane
Jane
3 years 9 months ago

go hard Wayne, it takes time and dedication to run a site, mine is a baby and without Mark and others inspiration we would all feel alone, and who cares if we sometimes draw on, copy, beg borrow and steal… in order to save our fellow humans we should all be so cheeky as to plug away… I love everyone’s comments, except those of the haters.

Timothy
3 years 9 months ago

Wayne, your blog is fantastic! Wish I’d found it sooner. Entertaining, practical, and inspiring. I love your writing style. Keep it coming!

Rob
Rob
3 years 9 months ago

+1

Pam R
Pam R
3 years 9 months ago

We are all here for the right reasons it is good to hear different perspectives. If one person is often quicker off the blocks than the rest of us I suggest we all get up earlier work out sooner and get replying to Mark’s posts faster.

And if I am being nit picky then there is not a link to Wayne’s site in his actual post so I am not sure how it is plugging his site.

Ara
Ara
3 years 9 months ago

I started slowing down and simplifying my life back at the turn of the century (I love that I can use that phrase!). I started going paleo/primal after Atkins wrote his book. When I discovered Mark earlier this year everything else fell into place. These concepts aren’t knew. Mark has just been clever and wise in putting it all together in a clear and easy to understand manner. It’s taken him a lot of time and research an it’s paid off for all of us. Thank you Mark!

Patrice
3 years 9 months ago

You do seem to have a knack for the first comment Wayne!

I did the 80+ hrs investment banking, it crushes your soul a little bit more daily… steer clear, money is no substitute for happiness

Bobert
Bobert
3 years 9 months ago

Dont worry, even if he’s not first, he will still reply to the first comment so you get to see his avatar and link.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

The timing is not difficult to figure out. Between 1100-1105 EST, MDA is refreshed with a new post.

Dano
Dano
3 years 9 months ago

Is that AM or PM??? (not that I want to beat Wayne to the punch or anything) 😉

Dano
Dano
3 years 9 months ago

Oh…military time. I should have gotten that sooner. I used to work in TV and our clocks were always on military time.

champions
champions
3 years 9 months ago
After 5 years of treatment i just got the all clear from breast cancer. The only trigger for me that i can think of for the cancer was stress!but now after recently just stumbling on PB i am interested in reprograming my genes to behave well by the impact of nutrition and lifestyle. Fate that i should be reading these comments, as today i went for a new job interview and the only thing stopping me was the drop in salary. however there would be a lot less stress and i see now that i need to think ‘what would… Read more »
Brooke
Brooke
3 years 9 months ago

Congratulations on being cancer free! I hope your new job is a welcome change. 🙂

Nancy Hill
Nancy Hill
3 years 9 months ago

Wonderful!

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years 9 months ago

Wayne, please don’t take the negative comments personally. I think they are unnecessary and in poor taste. Most of us are glad that you’re here–Keep up the good work!

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
3 years 9 months ago

Wow! What a fantastic post. WWGD? Many things including taking time to reflect, socialize and just be. That’s part of what I’ve learned here at MDA

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 9 months ago
Hi Mark, been a follower of the Primal Blueprint for a few months now and have seen some great benefits in both my weight and health. The biggest thing I have taken away from your system is to learn to follow my instinct more. If I’m sitting at my computer at work and start feeling restless, I get up to walk and do a couple of stretches. When I go up the steps, I race up them as a form of mini-sprints. If I’m tired, I take a nap (not at work of course) instead of drinking coffee and just… Read more »
TruckerLady
TruckerLady
3 years 9 months ago

Have you tried sorrel soup or sauces yet? I don’t get a chance to cook, but both sound good. It also perks up a “regular” salad.

Jacob
Jacob
3 years 9 months ago

I have not. Do you have any recipes? I usually just grab a sprig and munch on it raw. The zingy taste is refreshing.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 9 months ago

I played the the What Would Grok Do game at an intersection and almost got hit by a car! 🙂

Happycyclegirl
Happycyclegirl
3 years 9 months ago

lol! That was great. 🙂

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe WWGD will start coming out in wristbands! Though, I don’t think Grok would express his love for his lifestyle by wristbands.

Rachel
Rachel
3 years 9 months ago

How about leather bracelets? 🙂

Sambo712
Sambo712
3 years 9 months ago
This definitely serves as a nice reality check. I am just about to graduate with a bachelors degree and I’m trying to figure out what to do next. When I ponder WWGD, I find that I’m more open to the low key future with a smaller income if I am able to take care of myself and spend time with my loved ones. Maybe P.H.D. is too much, will I be happy with a big degree? Maybe massage therapy would be just as fulfilling and leave more time for me. These are the questions I am now asking, and I’m… Read more »
ponymama
ponymama
3 years 9 months ago

I am hungy,find something to eat.Need more eggs, walk out to the chicken coop and get more eggs. Along the way play with the dog, jump in the snow and go cook some eggs to eat. I am tired ,time to take a nap.
What would Grok do?

Patick
Patick
3 years 9 months ago

This principle of WWGD, has taught me to live in the moment. I don’t have any expectations, I just go with the flow, and listen to what my body and instincts tell me. And let me tell you, my life is almost completely stress free now. That or I am just able to cope with it better. Either way, its a good feeling, and I seem to have it all the time now, along with almost seemingly endless energy.

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years 9 months ago
Thanks for the new book Mark! Just got my sauces, dressings, and toppings – couldn’t be happier – wait yes I can – a new book to look forward to. I have to say that since moving to a much smaller home on 11 acres has made an incredible difference. I look forward to saying hello to my girls (flock of 7) and seeing what they left for me. A sunset at the end of the day shared with the hubs is inspiring. I wish I had done it sooner. The down side??? Well, I do vacuum alot more –… Read more »
JennF
JennF
3 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the tip on the shoes – I’ve been looking at those for a while but can’t afford to plunk down $100+ each time I want a pair of shoes. $39.95 is much better!

Jennifer
Jennifer
3 years 9 months ago

Jenn – hope they had some left for you. I love to share a good deal.

Marco
3 years 9 months ago
I just got my 3 book deal of the Primal Blueprint, Cook Book and Quick and Easy Meals. I can’t believe I waited so long! I like Wayne had started on my primal quest about 3 weeks before I discovered MDA. My father sent me a link to an article that had a link to MDA from a conference Mark had done. I was blown away when I realized I was on the right path. I had for years studied health and foods and finally put together what I felt was the proper diet/lifestyle for myself. Dr. Mercola had been… Read more »
Batesie
Batesie
3 years 9 months ago

just looked on amazon, hard cover is available to preorder, is there going to be a kindle version?

thanks for your efforts

I’ve lost 55lbs in the last year, nearly got a six pack!!

David UK

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

Hat tip David UK! Don’t stop.

Ion Freeman
3 years 9 months ago

January 8th! It’s not a good Christmas gift after all. Boo hoo.

Hilda
Hilda
3 years 9 months ago

Ion: It is a great Xmas gift, if you celebrate Orthodox Christmas in January.
Or, pretend you celebrate it just to treat yourself to another lovely book!

Ara
Ara
3 years 9 months ago

Definitely need an iBooks version too!

Ion Freeman
Ion Freeman
3 years 9 months ago

As a Christian, I appreciate your sensitivity. But, WWJD is a commonly accepted snowclone. I think anyone you’re going to offend with it spends a lot of time offended already.

gduke
gduke
3 years 9 months ago

You can apply all of this to Creation as well, like I do. It would just be a shorter book!

CB
CB
3 years 9 months ago

“We’re designed, after all, to live a full spectrum of emotional experience and witness life (and death) in raw, unfiltered form.”

I really like the language chosen in the quote above … “designed”. We were created with intention or purpose. So let’s be sensitive, focusing on what’s really important, and not be blinded by materialism. (See Ephesians 4)

We can take the same observations and data, but approach from a different worldview, and come to different conclusions.

And WWGD might actually be more appropriate than WWJD … none of us are willing or capable to DWJD. 😉

PJinLA
PJinLA
3 years 9 months ago

Lets stick to factually based knowledge and science and keep the religious nonsense out of this discussion. No need to take the word design out of context.

Oly
Oly
3 years 9 months ago
“Lets stick to factually based knowledge and science and keep the religious nonsense out of this discussion” Do you have access to a (burning-bible-powered) time machine? Then “factually based knowledge” might not necessarily be the phrase you’re going for when discussing prehistorical times. What occurs on this website is using our God-given brains to reason and create theories and then test them; rejecting what doesn’t work and applying what does making it a learned and taught behavior. Religion is philosophy and philosophy is science applied to life. So to reject “religious nonsense” is to reject the concept of applying science… Read more »
PJinLA
PJinLA
3 years 9 months ago

Nice trying trying to justify nonsense. I’m only interested in rigorous evidence based science. Anthropology/Palaeontology/all the other studies on prehistory, might not involve easily accessible evidence to actually study, but as you say, using our brains to reason and theorise our understanding of the natural world based on the evidence we do have is best done in the absence of supernatural hocus pocus.
I could choose to take offence at claims I have a god-given brain, but thankfully I’m not easily offended, and certainly not by nonsense.

Oly
Oly
3 years 9 months ago
God is what’s natural – the beginning of time; order out of chaos. Nothing “hocus pocus” about it. Oh, you don’t care for the word “God”? You resent the concept of a higher untouchable governing authority? That 2 + 2 = 4 for you, for me, here, there, on the moon, in Singapore, today, yesterday, millions of years ago? That you must breathe to live? That adultery is bad for relationships; and broken relationships are bad for health and happiness and reproduction? But you already have the answers and know which books may be burned. Science without philosophy is a… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

So does that make you a postively charged Ion Freeman?

Kunal
Kunal
3 years 9 months ago

I found this little pun, hilarious. Surprised no one commented. Maybe I missed it. Hat tip for keeping the humor live.

Dano
Dano
3 years 9 months ago

Bon Rurgundy is one funny Grok!

Julia
Julia
3 years 9 months ago

I really appreciate this post. A switch to primal diet/ exercise had made a huge difference in my health but has had an equally profound effect on my emotional and spiritual side. I find myself being much more clear about what matters and what does not and very comfortable about articulating it. Thank you again, Mark and the community. And really looking forward to the book.

Dani
3 years 9 months ago

“It gives us perspective on what we think is big but is not, what we think is crucial but is not, what we imagine to be optional but is not.”

Dig it. I’m stoked for this book!

Richard
3 years 9 months ago

Another book… Mark, Are you 20 people? 🙂

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

Worker bees Richard, worker bees. hahaha

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 9 months ago

I wonder if he’s hiring worker bees.

Dylan W
Dylan W
3 years 9 months ago

Wonderful post! Cant wait for the new book!

Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
3 years 9 months ago

I think Grok would tell us all to throw away the machines we use to communicate with, and start SEEING and SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER again! He’d likely use his stone knife to cut the cords that act to separate us digitally–this is the largest source of our stress and strife.

Madama Butterfry
Madama Butterfry
3 years 9 months ago

Double-edged stone knife, that one.

em
em
3 years 9 months ago

Actually, there was a study recently that showed the warm fuzzy feelings you get while interacting with someone online are the same as the warm fuzzy feelings you get while interacting with someone face to face. So it’s not like texting with your best friend on the opposite coast is playing some chemical trick on your brain, like heroin or something. You’re not cheating yourself if you’re just using technology to maintain relationships over a distance.

Kerry Rogers
Kerry Rogers
3 years 9 months ago
I am sure that Grok was no different than us in terms of mental capability. I don’t think we can apply WWGD to every situation in our modern world. We have a different environment than Grok had. What I think is important as far as Primal living, is the fact that our BODIES are the same bodies that Groks had. They need the same food, sleep, exercise, etc. because that is how they evolved and on an evolutionary time scale our bodies have not had time to adapt to anything different. Emotionally, mentally, spiritually, we are not our bodies, but… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

Human skulls have been shrinking, so if most liekly Grok had more brain matter. I attribute Peyton Manning’s abililty to read defenses to his ginormous head.

Benjamin
Benjamin
3 years 9 months ago

As a Colts season ticket holder, love that comment!

Dano
Dano
3 years 9 months ago

As someone with a huge cranium, I appreciate the compliment.

em
em
3 years 9 months ago

I have not heard anything about our brain volume decreasing. I have heard that our skulls have become less fortified compared to even just a few hundred years ago, suggesting that the ability to survive a blow to the head has become less critical to our reproductive success. This seems like a generally good thing, all in all.

Moshen
Moshen
3 years 9 months ago

How does Grok create book art? Well, it looks like he takes a break from eating an antelope’s raw liver and slaps his blood-soaked hand on the wall! Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Aaron
Aaron
3 years 9 months ago

“The Primal Connection, the long planned sequel to The Primal Blueprint.”

So the new ‘Primal Connection’ is a sequel to the Primal Blueprint. If your starting out do you need to read the Primal Blueprint first? or does the Primal Connection replace it?

Not sure if its a sequel in the traditional sense or an update..

Thanks,
Aaron

Miki
Miki
3 years 9 months ago

We are a Christian family and we also are primal. Not offended. To me it is one in the same. I happen to believe that Grok did not create himself. The genius behind the way Grok lived and how his body responded was God’s design. So WWJD and WWGD are the same question to me.

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

Of course Grok did not create himself, Grok’s parents did 🙂

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 9 months ago

I would give his mother most of the credit.

Scott
Scott
3 years 9 months ago
The best way to put this is that there is something very visceral in learning primitive skills even if it is just a hobby or play (for Grok a necessity. Humans have been practicing these skills for 100,000s of years. You should see the expression on someone who got a fire by friction fire the first time in their life. Tom Hanks’ excitement of finally making fire in Castaway is just as liberating seeing someone get a fire in the backyard. I got addicted to making/knapping flint arrowheads that it was the first thing I did as soon as I… Read more »
Ara
Ara
3 years 9 months ago

Love it!

Scott
Scott
3 years 9 months ago

It’s fun. Google/Youtube for “wilderness awareness school bird language”. Song birds (the is focus on perching birds) have 5 different basic calls. One of which is an alarm call that alerts other birds and animals (squirrels) to a predictor near by. The average person (including hunters) are unaware of these calls. Our hunter/gatherer ancestors, however, were well aware of them. Learn to recognize these calls and then take that skill to a park and listen and watch the birds reactions. With that goal in mind, your experience of that park will be new.

Victor Dorfman
3 years 9 months ago

“What would Grok do” makes sense on so many levels of physical health.

But it also has limitations when asking questions such as “how do I handle this drunk dude in my face at the bar?” Grok would bash him over the head with a rock.

Do you go into psychological/spiritual issues in the new book?

Mark A
Mark A
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe, or maybe Grok knew that discretion was the better part of valor and would walk away to avoid a dangerous situation against an unpredictable opponent. Kind of like cornering a wounded boar – just back away slowly until the situation diffuses itself.

Violet
Violet
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, and I am procrastinating at this very moment regarding a hefty work task. WWGD: I think he’d say, forget this, it’s boring, and go play. If I did this, eventually, I’d have trouble ‘hunting’ at the supermarket for food. Grok, for better or for worse (both obtained, I think) lived in an environment where feedback was much quicker.

That said, I agree with the basic premise of trying to reconnect to community and keep one’s physical and mental health in order, and I am certain that Mark’s book will help in this.

Rocky
Rocky
3 years 9 months ago

How do I find myself applying it in my own life?

Hopefully changing my career from a cushy office job to landscaping and working outdoors (moving frequently at a slow pace, getting enough sunlight, etc).

Looking forward to the new book Mark!

Ara
Ara
3 years 9 months ago
I grew up having to work in the fields (onion harvesting mostly and weeding) after school and during the summer. My Mom always tried to put a positive spin on it by telling us that we were getting paid to exercise (8 hours of walking per day), get fresh air and sunshine, and spend time with each other. We actually had a lot of greet conversations and built a strong family bond. It wasn’t until many years later that I came to truly appreciate this experience. Now I realize that this was primal living in a way. Thanks Mark!
Doug D
Doug D
3 years 9 months ago

I hate to be a wet blanket, but the Mayan appoicolypse isn’t until 12/21/12. Ooops! 😉

Peacemaker
Peacemaker
3 years 9 months ago

You stole my comment about the apocalypse! Hhhahah, well you beat me to it.

Jen
Jen
3 years 9 months ago

But the book doesn’t come out until January, hence the mention of survival, I’m guessing.

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 9 months ago

About an hour ago I decided to walk to the park instead of continuing to watch TV, and when we got there I purposely faced the sun while I pushed my kid on the swing. I always think of it as “What would Mark do?” though.

William
William
3 years 9 months ago

Great news on the new book, Mark! Looking forward to reading it very soon.

Personally, I’m on the Tim Ferriss’ “4 Hour Work Week” path.

Although having a very automated internet business is probably not what Grok would do, that modern lifestyle allows for the rest of the life to be “Grok Approved”.

Ferriss’ (who, according to recent interview with Robb Wolf, is a big fan of Paleo/Primal) also promotes Stoicism, and I’ve found that to have many similarities to “Grokism”.

Primal food for thought.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 9 months ago

Madama Flintstonefly, if you’re reading this, you were right!
I just left the psyche ward about two and a half hours ago.
I managed to snag a virtually unblemished copy of The Fellowship of the Ring there so the legal-ordered stay was not entirely without merit. Now I’m looking forward to check if the PB and 21 Day Transformation are in stock at this library. I know the 21 Day Transformation was here a while ago as they ordered it after I requested but someone else borrowed it before I got a chance.

Animanarchy
Animanarchy
3 years 9 months ago

Another good result was of the the blood test. They only had to take two small vials, guess they’ve got some fancy equipment in that hospital, but I said I’d only let them draw blood under the condition I got an Ensure to replace lost nutrients. It worked. And I was enthusiastically informed all the “results are great”.

Jenny
Jenny
3 years 9 months ago

What I like most about the WWGD principle is, that it always gives me an easy answer , in many (maybe all) situations I feel uncomfortable. Before I knew about the paleo/primal solution, I felt physically and emotionally worse, than I feel today.

Also it puts our live as a human on the earth in a more holistic perspective, because we feel more equality to the human, that has developed a very long time ago, and is still developing. Before, I find, I used to not feel connected to my history and future as much.

Bennett
Bennett
3 years 9 months ago
Contrary to the main idea that comes with the primal connection, I have found myself pursuing more and more things. I have been primal for a couple of years now and I spent the first year really trying to get away from the stresses in life, taking life slowly, enjoying the little things. In the pursuit of health I had incorporated the things I felt were necessary, ie. proper diet, rest, exercise, human interaction and that gave me resilience in life when needed. I have since realized what the primal blueprint has led me to – an insatiable hunger for… Read more »
Kris Gunnars
3 years 9 months ago

“Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” – Dobzhansky

When I apply the “evolutionary lens” to some of my emotions, it is often fairly easy to figure out how these feelings would have served a purpose back “then.”

Feelings of love, anger, guilt, jealousy, etc. – you can see how these feelings would have shaped your chances of your genes surviving back in the day.

Troels Rasmussen
Troels Rasmussen
3 years 9 months ago
The Grok-question reminds me of a reasoning, which I think Melissa McEwen of huntgatherlove.com has put forth quite well: with regards to foraging wild edible plants and bucthering animals, if it “were really rocket science, we wouldn’t exist.” So, if one assumes that a pre-agricultural human being would have to be at good health in order to become a forefather, then it puts things in a different perspective. Then it seems odd, that one would need to brush one’s teeth for them not to fall out, or that shoes with arch support are necessary for a jog. Those two examples… Read more »
Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 9 months ago

“I’m not a rocket biologist, but I know a good piece of steak when I see one” – Harley Morenstein

Chris
Chris
3 years 9 months ago

I can’t help but ask myself.. when confronted with a bowl of nachos; a big mac; a tube of pringles; or an entire christmas selection box of chocolates – WHAT -WOULD- GROK DO?!

Nancy Hill
Nancy Hill
3 years 9 months ago

Believing that God sent Jesus to show us His true nature (often in stark contrast to first century “conventional wisdom”), I’ve been pondering Grok. How did God show Grok His/Her (English needs a gender neutral pronoun!) nature in paleo times? Did Grok have his own version of “WWJD”? New to paleo and reading a lot; loved Primal Blueprint and looking forward to your new book Mark.

em
em
3 years 9 months ago

We’ve had one for hundreds of years. It’s “they.” Somebody just got all snitty about it being plural, probably about the same time someone decided to get snitty about splitting infinitives.

stevoblevo
stevoblevo
3 years 9 months ago
I don’t think ‘they’ has ever been singular… English’s gender neutral pronoun is “he/his/him”. It’s the same as the masculine pronoun. I think the snitty-ness” came a few decades back when people started to renounce all things masculine. They threw the baby out with the bath-water. Now we end up with silly non-words like “themself.” If ‘one’ would like to not use the masculine to mean a person whose gender is not known or irrelevant ‘one’ is relegated to using the word ‘one’ to accomplish the feat. Luckily society hasn’t gone completely crazy and abandoned the masculine-derived words “woMAN” and… Read more »
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Jane
Jane
3 years 9 months ago
When only bad food is available I DO think WWGD (fast) whereas before primal I would have thought… well I wouldn’t have thought… Similar things happen at the supermarket. I run helter skelter past the poison (most of it) and find myself lingering over the produce and OMG the organic meat section, drool hanging from my mouth like a lion at the kill site. Sometimes this takes me by surprise so much so that I laugh… as I caress the marbled steak and asses the pork chops, finding those with the most fat on them. Oh and BTW Im a… Read more »
stevoblevo
stevoblevo
3 years 9 months ago

an entertaining documentary on sustainable gardening with mulch: http://backtoedenfilm.com/#movie

Your “till the soil” curse comment reminded me of it. The gardener says the same thing in the film.

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Barbara Aquino
Barbara Aquino
3 years 9 months ago

after being vegetarian for 30 years because of how animals are treated and then slaughtered, i’m really struggling with eating meat again. I love the philosophy behind all that Mark is saying….i really would appreciate sound advice and ideas. will eating free range animals make a difference?

stevoblevo
stevoblevo
3 years 9 months ago
Hi Barbara, perhaps you would be better served knowing exactly where your meat comes from and the living condition of the animals. You’ll have to do your own research to find a food source near you that treats the animals to your liking. Visit a local farm and see how “happy” the chickens or cows are. Inquire as to how they live (are treated) and how they die (are slaughtered). While it may be hard to watch, the local farmer may allow you to witness. I’m not sure death is ever peaceful or pleasant but I am sure there are… Read more »
CB
CB
3 years 9 months ago

Read Lierre Kieth’s book, The Vegetarian Myth. It should help.

http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Myth-Food-Justice-Sustainability/dp/1604860804

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